Wow a Black Bear! Checking Trail Cameras — Using a Browning Trail Camera Mount

Black Bear in Trees

One of two photos I got of the Black Bear before it turned and headed out of Dodge.

 

Black bear I saw while checking trail cameras.

The second of the two photos I got of the bear. You have to use your imagination to fill in the blanks of the big ball of brown fur.

 

Bull Moose with Browning Range Ops Trail Camera

A bull moose came in and drank for a while on the Spec Ops trail camera.

Broken bracket on a Browning Recon Force Trail Camera

Oops! I broke off one of the mounting brackets. Don't try mounting a Browning Trail Camera to a skinny tree and then try to adjust the angle of it with broken branch shims. Use a trail cam mount.

 

Browning Recon Force Trail Camera tilted back with tree mount

The Browning Tree Mount makes pointing the Recon Force trail camera in the right direction a breeze.

 

Browning Recon Force Trail Camera on skinny tree

This is how the Recon Force trail camera looked on the skinny tree before I broke the bracket trying to get the camera to point up the hill.

 

Browning Trail Camera Mount

Here's the Browning Trail Camera Tree Mount securely mounting horizontally across the skinny tree trunk. The excess webbing is wrapped around the tree many times above and below the mount.

 

Small creek near elk bedding area

Here's a small creek near a great elk bedding area and close to where I just moved one of my Recon Force trail cameras.

 

This trip out to check the trail cameras was pretty exciting. Because it takes a good five hours to hike in to check the cameras I headed out a little earlier than normal in hopes of having a little time to work on building Pack Wheel game carts in the afternoon. I normally prefer to check the cameras in the middle of the day to lessen the chance of disturbing game near my trail cameras.

It was about a quarter after nine as I approached the first camera on my hike. As I got about a 100 yards or so away from the camera I startled something that went out to the left and something that went out to the right. I quickly made a Moo sound to see if whatever I spooked would think I was a cow and come back to investigate. Within a few seconds whatever it was that went out to the right came sneaking back in to take a look at me. As I started making out the critter I first thought it was an elk but quickly realized this was no elk. It was a large cinnamon colored black bear. Boy did he look big!

The bear stopped about 30 yards away from me in pretty thick cover and was looking around trying to find the "Moo." Luckily the bear was looking for me a little to my right. This bought me a few seconds to pull out the camera and try to get a few photos. Unfortunately, he only paused briefly then turned and quickly moved back into the timber. I'm guessing I didn't smell like a cow. Anyhow, I tried to get some photos but they are pretty much just a brown ball of fur in the trees.

Now that was cool. Bears have not been a common sight on this mountain. I have captured a bear twice on the trail cameras this summer and now I actually ran into one. Very cool.

After reviewing the video on the trail camera I found that the critter that busted out to the left was a spike elk. The Recon Force camera captured him coming down the trail headed right for me then he hears and or sees me and comes running back past the camera. Seven minutes later after watching the bear I come walking through past the camera. I always like to walk past my cameras when I check them to make sure they are working properly. You can catch the action of the spike and me at the end of the video in this post.

I hoped that one of the cameras this trip out checking them would have the bear on it but after reviewing them none of them did. Maybe next time.

This time in I decided to move DIYHNTR03 a Recon Force trail camera to watch a heavily used trail further up the mountain. The location of this camera has been my most consistent location to get elk on film. Elk are moving past this camera's location daily however so far only spikes and two year old 4 to 5 point bulls. I'm working on getting a few more cameras so for the time being I moved this camera and will probably place another one in this location when I get some more cameras.

I'm sure that once it starts getting close to September and the rut I will start seeing a different variety of bulls come by this location. For now I wanted to check out a see what might be moving in this other location I have been wanting to check.

When I got to the trail I wanted to move the camera to I found my choice of trees to hang the camera on pretty slim. There was one small piece of Oak Brush that was about 2 1/2 inches in diameter that would work. I mounted the camera and fiddled placing sticks between the camera and tree trying to get the angle of the camera pointed upward to watch the trail above. In the process of cinching down the strap to snug it against the tree I busted off one of the strap brackets on the back of the camera. Dang it!

I looked over the small size of the tree and realized that cinching the strap down on a tree this small puts direct strain right on the bracket. On any other normal sized tree the strap would not be pulling directly on the bracket. Also noticed that using pieces of branches as shims to wedge between the camera and tree places more stress directly on the brackets. And I was doing both, small tree and branch shims. Bad combo. Oops!

Luckily I had a Browning Tree Mount with me. I would have used the mount right off the bat with this tree however with the tree so small the teeth on the mount would not grip the tree. Now that I had broke of the bracket I started really thinking of how I has going to get the trail cam mounted on this tree. I realized that I could strap the mount to the tree sideways instead of vertical. I had to crisscross the straps across the back of the tree and the mount secured to the tree nicely.

Once I had the Browning Tree Mount secure on the tree, getting the camera to point in the prefect direction to watch the trail was really easy. My only concern now is that I have had a couple instances where an elk and a moose have came right up and placed their nose on the camera. If this happens with this camera on this mount there is a much greater possibility of the camera being moved to not point in the correct direction. The leverage of the mounting arm could cause the ball joint to slip a little if a elk nudged the camera with it's nose. I tightened up the mount as tight as I could and we'll see what it gets in a couple weeks. Hopefully the critters don't move it around.

In the video at the top of this post I have clips from all four cameras I have out. All three Browning Trail Cameras, Spec Ops, Recon Force and Range Ops trail cameras are shown in this video. All three camera models take great video. I'm really liking the video option over taking images... but it does chew up the batteries a little faster.

On the cameras this time we got lots of cow elk, calf elk, mule deer does, fawns and young bucks. I'm not sure where the large mule deer disappeared to that we had on camera a month ago. We did get a few bull elk and a bull moose. We got the largest bull elk so far. A 5x6 bull that I would guess would score around 260 BC. Dallen and I are hoping he sticks around for September and that he is able to finish growing the G5 point on both antlers. He's not huge but we'll take him. He's larger than either of us has ever taken.

Sadly now I have to wait a couple weeks before I go out to check them again.

 

Scouting For Elk — First Photos From a Spec Ops Browning Trail Camera

 

Bull Elk Browning Spec Ops Trail Camera BTC-3

This young bull elk was captured on a Browning Spec Ops trail camera.

Dang, I just noticed the date is wrong on the camera... it's 2013 not 2012... which is also giving an incorect moon phase. Note to self — fix the date next trip up the mountain.

 

5x5 Bull Elk Browning Range Ops Trail Camera

A herd of cows and calves and this young bull passed by the Range Ops trail camera.

 

Cow Moose Spec Ops Trail Camera

This moose was captured on a Browning Spec Ops trail camera.

 

Bull Elk Browning Recon Force trail camera

I moved DIYHNTR03 a Recon Force BTC-2 camera just a little so I could get better recoginition with the motion sensor on passing animals. Unfortunatly I forgot to test it before I left it last week. As you can see the camera is pointing a little too high in the air. Hopefully this is fixed for next time.

 

I moved the trail cameras around a little last time out checking them and I added a Browning Spec Ops trail camera to the cameras that I have out. I really like the two inch color TFT viewing screen the Spec Ops camera has. It made positioning the camera a lot easier as it allows me to see what the camera sees in real time when I am mounting it on the tree.

The time before I went out to check the cameras we had a much needed rain storm hit the mountain. I knew that if the mountain was really wet that the clay on the dirt roads can be horrifically sticky. I figured that as dry as it has been that the ground would have dried up enough before I headed up the mountain in the morning on my 29er mountain bike. I was wrong. I ended up carrying or walking my bike up a large portion of the mountain because the clay would build up around the frame and wheels. However a couple hours later it was dried right up for a smooth ride off the mountain.

Being new to trail cameras I have been learning a lot about how they operate. One thing that I have noticed with the Browning trail cameras is there excellent motion detection. My friends often complain about their cameras filling up their disks full of moving weeds. Browning Trail cameras motion detection is able to filter out the motion of moving weeds. However because the motion detection filters out motion like this it also filters out motion like a animal walking straight at the camera, because the signature of the animal grows gradually the camera does not recognize it as motion. I have found that the cameras work best by setting them up so that animals pass parallel to the camera giving good solid motion signatures.

Another thing I have learned to do this last time out was to verify exactly where the camera was pointing before I leave. My DIYHNTR03 Recon Force camera was pointing a little high catching the tops of the elk and deer as they walked by. This time out I noticed it with my Samsung USB cable and card reader. (learn more about my SD card reading system) I repositioned the camera and walked past it a couple times then pulled the card and reverified the field of view in the camera before leaving it this time.

This time out I captured a lot of elk. Many spikes and a couple young four to five points. Elk's antler growth is winding down with them shedding their velvet in mid August. I am hopeful an older bull is in the area that we just haven't found yet. Neither Dallen or myself have yet to harvest anything better than a 5 point. Then again things will change once the rut starts kicking in. Bulls will be running around looking for cows all over the place.

Bull Elk feeding with Browning Spec Ops trail camera

Bull Elk Browning Spec Ops Trail camera

Five young bull elk captured on a Browning Spec Ops trail camera. A 5x5 and four spikes all in the same photo. Pretty cool I think.

 

Another young bull elk captured on the Browning Spec Ops trail camera.

 

Mud built-up on front wheel of 29er mountian bike

Mud built-up on rear wheel of 29er mountian bike

The mud was terrible trying to ride in on my 29er mountain bike. It built-up around the front wheel like crazy.

 

Mud packed in between the frame and rear wheel on my 29er mountain bike.

 

Browning Range Ops in Oak Brush

Elk with Range Ops trail camera

I moved the Range Ops camera to this new location watching a heavily traveled trail the climbs out onto a ridge.

 

Herd of elk feeding past a Range Ops trail camera.

I have a Recon Force trail camera watching this location now.


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Scouting For Elk — Using Browning Recon Force Trail Cameras

I am finding that having a couple of Browning Trail cameras out on the mountain is a lot like Christmas. I get so excited to see what the cameras were able to capture. Back in May I placed scouted for elk and placed three Browning trail cameras out on the mountain. I got some cool photos of a black bear, elk, mule deer and moose when I checked them after two weeks. 

Bull Elk Browning Range Ops Trail Camera BTC-1

A bull elk with budding out a g4 on each antler. This is the best bull we have found to date. Dallen's pretty excited about this bull. He's hoping to get at least this bull if he can. You can see all four of the Rapid Fire photos the Range Ops trail cam took of this bull in the series below.

 

Moose with Browning Range Ops Trail Camera

Two cow moose walking past the Range Ops BTC-1 trail camera.

 

Galaxy S3 with USB adapter and SDHC card reader

Using a Samsung USB adapter to read the SDHC cards from the Browning Recon Force and Range Ops trail cameras.

 

Browning Spec Ops trail camera over wallow

A Browning Spec Ops BTC-3 trail camera setup over a spring that we think the bull elk will use as a wallow in the fall.

The camo on these cameras is amazing at blending right into the tree bark.

 

Looking at a moose photo on my Samsung Galaxy S3 phone.

Browsing photos while checking one of the Recon Force trail cameras. Looks like a cow moose came by after dark.

 

Dallen and I taking a break.

Dallen and me taking a break while checking the trail cameras.

 

On this trip out on the mountain Dallen came with me. He has the youth elk tag this year and we are hopeful that by using the trail cameras we will be able to find him a nice bull. He has already taken a spike and a 4x5 bull and I think he will be holding out for a six point. I hope we can pull it off for him. I'm still to this day trying to get my first ever six point bull. After seeing the 5 point on the trail camera photos this time out he's getting pretty excited. Not to mention there's a couple of pretty nice looking mule deer bucks that we captured on video this time.

Being a newbie to trail cameras I am learning more and more of how and where to place them. I am finding that the motion sensor works at it's best when a critter walks parallel to the camera. When I have a camera setup looking directly down a trail I often capture the critter passing going away from the camera but often miss the critters walking straight up the trail coming directly at the camera.

It took a while for me to figure out what was going on with the empty photos. The key that helped me figure this out was that all the photos with critters in them on this camera showed them going away. There would be lots of empty 6 frames rapid fire burst of nothing or in some cases just the first photo would have the very tail end of a deer barely showing in the edge of the photo and then 5 empty photos. Now that I have patterned the general path of the animals I have moved all of the cameras a little to get more passing views of the trails that they are on.

This time out I had a new toy to help me. I ordered a Samsung micro USB to USB adapter for my Galaxy S3 phone. This little cable is awesome. I can plug in USB keyboards, hard drives and in my case I can plug in a USB SD card reader. With this I am able to check the photos and video I get right there while I am checking the camera. If it wasn't for this adapter it would have been another couple of weeks before I was able to reposition the cameras slightly to get more of a passing view of the trails. With the adapter I was able to run through the photos on my phone and determine I needed to make the move right there on the mountain.

The AVI video format that the Browning Trail cameras take will not play with the media player that comes with the phone. I found that "MX Player" a free app on Google Play works great for playing the video files. (Dec. 2013: This app stopped working I now have a better app to view the trail camera videos.) Unfortunately, I didn't figure this out until I returned from the mountain. While on the mountain this time I was unable to play the files and unfortunately I turned off the video and set the camera to 6 frame rapid-fire. After seeing the way cool video that the camera had been capturing I'm wishing it was still taking video. The HD video the Recon Force trail camera takes is just amazing. So very cool! I compiled a few of the 62 videos in the YouTube clip viewable on the page.

I had the camera setup to take 30 second HD video clips whenever it gets motion triggered. Then wait five seconds before watching for motion again. I found that when the camera is using IR lighting that it only takes 10 seconds of video. In daylight it took 30 seconds of great look video.

Battery life has been wonderful with the cameras. Two of the cameras have been taking either video or rapid-fire images for four weeks now with Rayovac AA batteries and one camera shows 95% power and the other 93%. This is awesome. I was afraid that I would be spending a small fortune on batteries to keep them fed.

One of the cameras I have out is a Browning Range Ops. It retails about twenty less that the Recon Force BTC-2 trail camera. The Range Ops functions really well but the image quality is not near the quality of Recon Force. Not that the Range Ops quality is horrible but the Recon Force's images are just amazing. For the extra twenty I would no question get the Recon Force over the Range Ops. The specs on the Recon Force show that it has ZerO Blur Technology. Whatever the technology I like the sharp high resolution images it takes.

This time out we also placed a Spec Ops BTC-3 trail camera. This is the highest end Browning trail camera. It looks to me that it's biggest feature upgrade over the Recon Force is a two inch management screen. From this screen it is a little easier to setup the different modes of the camera. It is also great to view exactly what the camera is pointing at in real time making it nice to have the camera pointing exactly where you want it to. Once I get some photos on this camera I will be able to browse through them directly on the camera when I go out to check it. Where on the other cameras I can use the USB adapter cable to browse the images.

On this trip out scouting the area Dallen and I found an awesome spring area that we think will be a wallow for the bulls come the rut this fall. We setup the Spec Ops trail camera watching over this spring. I'm really excited to see what photos and video we get watching over this spot for the next several months. I am also curious to see if the quality of the images varies much from the Recon Force. The IR lighting is different between the two. I guess we'll see in a couple weeks.

Now I have to wait a couple weeks before I go out to check them again. Boy trail cameras are a lot of fun.

 

Bull Elk Browning Range Ops Trail Camera Image 1

Bull Elk Browning Range Ops Trail Camera Image 2

Bull Elk Browning Range Ops Trail Camera Image 3

Bull Elk Browning Range Ops Trail Camera Image 4

4x4 Bull Elk Browning Range Ops Trail Camera Image 1

4x4 Bull Elk Browning Range Ops Trail Camera Image 2

4x4 Bull Elk Browning Range Ops Trail Camera Image 3

4x4 Bull Elk Browning Range Ops Trail Camera Image 4

Creek close-up water rock

Small frog

Playing around with my Galaxy S3 phone taking a photo close-up of the creek flowing near where our trail cameras are out.

 

A little bitty frog that we found.

 

Dallen hiking while check trail cameras

Dallen checking Browning Recon Force Trail Camera

Dallen hiking while checking our trail cameras.

 

Dallen checking the Recon Force Browning trail camera that took the HD video shown above.

 

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Scouting For Elk — First Time Out Checking My Browning Trail Cameras

Bull Elk Browning Recon Force Trail Camera BTC-2

A bull elk with four points on each side already on May 26 taken with a Browning Recon Force trail camera. You can see all six of the Rapid Fire photos in this series below.

 

Black Bear with Browning Recon Force Trail Camera

A Black Bear that walked by in the dark of night. All six of the Rapid Fire photos of this bear can be found below.

 

Spike Elk with Browning Recon Force Trail Camera

A spike elk that walked by the DIYHNTR03 camera.

 

Trek Cobia 29er with 36h Wheelset

My ride up the mountain — a Trek Cobia with custom 36 spoke 29er wheels.

 

Hidden Camouflage Browning Recon Force Trail Camera

Can you see the camera? Neither could I. I walked a 100 or so yards past it while looking for it. Luckily I marked it on my Back Country Navigator App and I turned around and went right to it. This camera I left in the same spot but I set it to take 30 sec HD video clips to see what I get on it next time out.

 

View of Browning Range Ops digital screen.

If you see the digital screen looking like this don't panic like I did. When I set it up in the new location it took a while to figure out what was going on with the digital screen on this Range Ops trail camera. You have to be looking directly into the screen or it will appear as black rectangles. I had placed the camera up about 8 feet in a tree looking down over the tall vegetation and trail that dropped off the back side of a ridge. By having the camera up so high I could not get the right angle to view the screen.

 

View of mountain

View of the mountain near where my trail cameras are set out.

 

I scouted for elk and placed three Browning trail cameras out a couple weeks ago. Because I was so excited to see what I would get on the cameras, it was difficult, but I was able to wait for two weeks before going back up the mountain to check the Browning Trail Cameras.

The excitement of wondering what might be on the cameras had me going crazy wanting to go check them, however I figured it would be best to leave them a while before checking on them. I was itching to see what I could get pictures of. Being new to trail cameras I also was looking to learn more from these first two weeks and place the cameras in better places or adjust the settings to better suit what I was needing.

I took my 29er mountain bike back in to double on getting exercise while I was checking my trail cameras. It's a good two hour ride up the mountain and another hour hike up to where my highest trail came is located. Plenty of good exercise, especially to help my bad knees. Biking has been the best thing for my knees.

I decided to move the Browning Range Ops Trail Camera to a different location. Were I placed it originally wasn't a bad area it just was a little more out of the way to check it along with the others.

I learned something when I moved the Range Ops trail camera to the new location. When you see the digital screen all covered with black boxes make sure you look at the screen from directly in front of it. You can think it is broke or the batteries are bad and change out the batteries and SDHC card all you want but the screen is still going to look this way... trust me I tried. Dummy me. :)

Once back off the mountain the very first image was of a bear. Way cool! I have never even seen a bear track on this mountain. I have heard rumors that they are up there but until now I have never seen any sign of them.

This bear came through after dark and I got 6 rapid fire photos of him walking past the camera. (see photos below) Unfortunately I had the Image Data Strip turned off on this camera. Hmm... Thought I had it turned on, on all the cameras. I like all the info printed on the bottom of the images. I'll have to double check it next trip out to make sure I get the data strip.

Here's the rough details of what I got on the cameras.

  • On the DIYHNTR01 Recon Force camera I got a cow elk, a moose in the timber, some mule deer and the bear. I like how you can name the cameras and if you have the image data strip turned on the name is printed in the data strip.
  • DIYHNTR02 is a Range Ops camera. This camera was the lowest on the mountain. It captured a bunch of moose photos where the moose appeared to be trying to remove the camera from the tree. There are dozens of strange pictures of the moose's neck and beard etc. The camera also captured several mule deer, mostly does and a small buck. There were two cow elk captured on this camera also. I have moved this camera up the mountain to watch a well used game trail.
  • DIYHNTR03 is a Recon Force and it captured lots of mule deer and elk walking and running past on a game trail. There were three different small bull elk and a couple of different small mule deer bucks on this camera. This camera like the other Recon Force was set on 6 frame rapid fire. I got a lot of images that lend me to believe I was missing a lot of the action so I have now set this camera to record 30 seconds of HD video when triggered. This should capture a lot more of the action. We'll see what it gets next time.

One thing that surprised me was the battery life. I came prepared to swap out batteries on all of the cameras and the camera that had new batteries when I put it out two weeks ago still showed 100% power. The batteries I am using are the less expensive Rayovac AA batteries. The other two cameras did well also but they already had well used batteries when I put them out so I went ahead and swapped out the batteries.

Rapid fire is a nice feature for the the game trails I placed the trail cameras on. Even with the rapid fire images it still can be difficult to capture everything that goes by. That is why I am trying the 30 sec HD video option on one of the cameras to see how much more it will capture.

Two additional things I learned: One, is that I don't want to place the camera where it is pointed directly at the sun early in the morning or late in the evening for that matter. Second, is when I place the camera along a trail, try to get a few feet further away than I did. So probably about 15-20 feet if possible.

With so many photos of elk and mule deer it was hard to narrow down what I should put on my blog post today. Below are a few of my favorites.

Bull Elk Browning Recon Force Trail Camera Image 1

Bull Elk Browning Recon Force Trail Camera Image 2

Bull Elk Browning Recon Force Trail Camera Image 3

Bull Elk Browning Recon Force Trail Camera Image 4

Bull Elk Browning Recon Force Trail Camera Image 5

Bull Elk Browning Recon Force Trail Camera Image 6

Black Bear Browning Recon Force Trail Camera Image 1

Black Bear Browning Recon Force Trail Camera Image 2

Black Bear Browning Recon Force Trail Camera Image 3

Black Bear Browning Recon Force Trail Camera Image 4

Black Bear Browning Recon Force Trail Camera Image 5

Black Bear Browning Recon Force Trail Camera Image 6

Cow Elk Rear Browning Recon Force Trail Camera

Small Mule Deer Buck Browning Recon Force Trail Camera

Cow elk walking past DIYHNTR01 camera.

 

Young mule deer buck on the trail camera.

 

Mule Deer Buck with Browning Recon Force Trail Camera

Two cow elk Browning Recon Force Trail Camera

The best mule deer buck on the trail cameras.

 

Two cow elk walking past the Browning Recon Force Trail Camera.

 

Mule Deer with Browning Recon Force Trail Camera

Moose with Browning Range Ops Trail Camera

Mule deer walking past DIYHNTR03. This moose got up close and personal with the trail cam.


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Scouting For Elk — Putting Out Browning Trail Cams

 

Camouflage Browning Recon Force Trail Camera BTC-2

The Browning Recon Force Trail Camera's camouflage blends right into the bark of Bigtooth Maple.

Browning Range Ops Trail Camera BTC-1

Browning Range Ops Trail Camera (model BTC-1) setup watching a trail for elk.

Elk rubs on quaking aspens

Elk rubs from last fall are all over the Quaking Aspens near where I set out three Browning Trail Cameras.

Browning Recon Force Trail Camera BTC-2 on game trail

Browning Recon Force Trail Camera (model BTC-2) setup on a well used game trail.

White Crowned Sparrow nest under log

A White Crowned Sparrow nest hidden neatly under a fallen tree stump in the area I was scouting for places to put up the trail cameras.

Utah fuzzy black, white, and orange caterpillar.

I found a couple of these cool fuzzy caterpillars. I wondering what kind it is? Searching Google has not given me the answer.

After a couple weeks of testing my Browning Recon Force model BTC-2 trail camera around the yard I was itching to get out on the mountain and see what I could get pictures of with the trail camera.

In my testing around the yard I was able to take some fun time-lapse video of clouds rolling across the mountains near my house. Although not your typical trail camera usage — using them to get time-lapse video is pretty cool for a creative guy like myself.

Here are a few things I learned while playing around with the trail camera around the yard:

  • The Time-Lapse Plus feature only takes time-lapse photos during the period of time specified and motion activated photos during other times.
  • When using time-lapse: The All day setting means that it will take time-lapse photos from about an hour before light until about an hour after dark.
  • When using time-lapse: The Two Hour setting means that it will take time-lapse photos from about an hour before light and take photos for two hours. Then it will take two hours of photos in the evening ending about a hour after dark.
  • The trail camera is really smart in self calibrating the length of daylight that changes throughout the year.
  • The Rapid Fire option in the Multi-Shot feature will take three images a second once triggered. This is the option to use on a game trail where the animals are moving past the trail camera.
  • Multi-Shot Standard takes images every three seconds once triggered. This is useful for a well used water hole, possibly a feeder or the like.

Luck found Dallen, my oldest son this year as he drew out for a youth elk hunt in Utah. We are both pretty excited about this opportunity for him to hunt elk with a rifle during the peak of the rut. I have a couple areas in mind to take him on this hunt. One of the areas is within reasonable distance from our home, an area we could put a trail camera to use to try and find him a nice bull, something better than the 4x5 elk he shot in 2012.

After figuring out the features I was ready to head up on the mountain to put the camera to work. A good friend of mine lent me two additional Browning Trail Cameras to take to the woods with. After six hours of hiking and riding my 29er mountain bike around the mountain I was glad that all my eggs were not in one basket. Having additional trail cameras should make it a lot easier to track down some elk.

I love the camo pattern on the Recon Force trail cameras. It blends right into the bark of Bigtooth Maple. If the strap and buckle on the camera had the same pattern the trail camera would completely disappear on the tree.

I'm excited to see what the cameras might capture. I'll give them a week or two and go back up the mountain to checkout what I can capture on the Browning trail cams. (A Black Bear, Elk, Mule Deer, and Moose. Cool!)

 

Galaxy S3 Panorama of Mountains

Here's a panorama of the mountain shot with my Galaxy S3 phone.

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